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Handy pockets safely file, organize and display loose gemstones
By Robert Weldon, G.G.
Gemstone envelopes known as gem papers in the trade have their share of problems. You cant see the gemstone because it lies under wraps. Or while unwrapping, a loose gem can pop from the unfolding paper, sending everyone to their hands and knees in a desperate hunt for the missing gem.
Jeweler Bob Sirratt met with other jewelers in 1976 to discuss solutions to such problems. We wanted to find a better, safer way to show unmounted gems to our customers. Sirratt practiced switching an unmounted stone in a paper to further make his point. You can get a gem to roll out, distract the jeweler and drop another one into the fold, he explains. One jeweler declared he would buy anything that worked better than a paper. Sirratt and John Troy, another jeweler, went right to work on a new system to display and file loose gemstones.
They found a transparent plastic that maintained its form, was hard
to scratch and was flexible and durable. The developers included a card with a groove to hold the gem. The card could be labeled with the gems vital statistics. File-a-Gem® was born.
One Good Thing Leads to Another
Sirratt and Troy incorporated and a few years later, as exports of File-a-Gem trickled to locations around the world, Sirratt bought full share of the business.
As File-a-Gem use grew, it required a larger filing system. Sirratt developed a sales wallet, into which several gems could be tucked and displayed. Sirratt developed versions of File-a-Gem for big stones and little ones. These developments led to other designs engineered to make a jewelers handling of loose gems easier.
In business, it is all about making a good impression, Sirratt emphasizes. Why not be safe and organized at the same time?
- File-a-Gem, Baxter Springs, KS; (800) 247-4152, www.fileagem.com.
||File-a-Gem holds loose gems securely.